OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne said the Glover H. Cary Bridge also known as the "Blue Bridge' will be painted once the International Bar-B-Q Festival wraps up in May. Mayor Payne said the bridge will be closed as it is being painted.
"This bridge will be newly painted in time for the opening of our new convention center and new hotel downtown and all the other things that will be opening up this year," said Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne, "It just fits will all the things we have done to try to revitalize downtown Owensboro."
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear told a crowd of more than 100 people in downtown Owensboro last December that the Blue Bridge would be painted this year at a cost of seventeen million dollars. Some local businesses in downtown Owensboro said they are glad to hear the bridge will be painted and do not believe it will have a huge impact on them.
"We know that it will be a little bit of an inconvenience for a while, but the pay off in the end will be huge. We will just have to roll with the punches," said Rosemary Conders, owner of Creme Coffee House, "We love downtown. We are so excited for all the changes that are happening to see the bridge in such bad shape...the rust and everything...It's really an eye sore. It's our front door to the city."
Mayor Payne says the bridge will be closed for six months as it is being painted. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said things will be finalized on Thursday when Chief District Engineer Kevin McClearn speaks at the Greater Owensboro Chamber Of Commerce Rooster Booster Breakfast on Thursday, February 7, 2013.